ThisIsNigeria: Meanings and Interpretation of the video

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ThisIsNigeria: Meanings and Interpretation of the video
« on: June 07, 2018, 10:06:23 AM »

Music in Nigeria is beyond culture, it’s a tool. A tool of change. Music has overflowed the banks of entertainment, and has transcended into our stream of consciousness, from shaping policies to dictating social normalcy.

While many attribute this to the ubiquitous nature of the media, Nigerians themselves are active seekers of musical content. As for me, I am no lover of circular music, but musicians like Falz has made me placed my status under scrutiny. While many circular Nigerian musicians have little or no knowledge of the impact their contents create, the few who are aware have fed Nigerians with life changing music.

The recent bombshell, "ThisIsNigeria," by Falz, "The good bad guy," has got pleasant receptions. While Childish Gambino deserves credit for the patent, Falz deserve more accolades for producing a carbon copy that reflects the modern Nigeria society. I watched the video seven hours after its release, up until now, I have watched it more than ten times, and I can confirm that, Falz sync his lyrics and action in this video (strong literature).

As a literary addict and critic, my review will be quite lengthy, but could as well be your best review (ThisIsNigeria).

First, an aspect of the video people won't comment on, is the half-naked (shirtless) Falz in the video, which represents the shameful and casted state of Nigeria. In the music "ThisIsNigeria," Nigeria has dual personality, the first is Falz himself, while the second is the setting.

The video began with Falz holding a radio, portraying the average Nigeria who depends on the media for awareness – despite the state of violence around him, he choose to be dead to them. For me, the voice on the radio was the perfect lead into the genius we saw in the latter part of the video.

The voices echoed:
“Extremely poor, and the medical facilities are poor we operate a predatory named colonial capitalist system which is funded by fraud and exploitation and therefore we are bound to have corruption...institutionlist.
Many criminal cases are settled in police station...
Eheheheheheheheheh wo”

The next move by Falz was symbolic too. He immediately dropped the radio – critiquing Nigerians and telling them who they really are.

“Look what we eating now
Everybody be criminal”

These lines highlighted the nature of Nigerians. Falz walking over the body showed no one is moved by the killings, we all go about our hustle, minding who is next. He reiterated that we are all criminals, yes we’re, either you like it or not, we’re all beneficiaries of corruption (either active or passive).

The dancers in hijab portrays the kidnapped school girls, who are active, agile, energetic and are the future of our country (Their shakushaku dance moves could have a meaning of "shakushaku" itself). The setting shows the girls are in Nigeria (the arena), yet Nigeria turns its back on them (Falz). We’re all gossips, launching harmless twitter campaigns, "on fake wristwatch discuss."

"Where looters are killers, and stealers are still contesting election o.”

This line is a true representation of most Nigerian leaders who play dirty politics, using youths as pawns. Yet, we all show our loyalty and support for them (As for me: "Where looters are killers and stealers are still wining elections o..." would have been better).

“Police station dey close at 6! Security reasons o!”

This speaks volume of the fractured security in Nigeria. With all due respect to the good eggs in the Police, the Police is useless, they exhort poor Nigerians and celebrate criminals who can bribe their way out of crimes (Record shows Nigerian Police are the worst in the worst, I can’t agree less). Falz used that line to call for restructuring in the Nigeria Police. However, Falz went further
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